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Sunday, December 22, 2013

End of Year Review: Song of the Year

This was originally intended for The Culture Custodian. However, the website is not ready so I would be sharing some of the content I garnered with regards to the year in review on here so it doesn't go to waste. I hope you enjoy the musings of some of your favorite Nigerian writers around. You're welcome. 

The Players:
Aisha- International Baccalaureate survivor and midget @akmodibbo
Afam- Freelance writer and phenom  @Afam20
Faridah Seriki: Editor in Chief, Technesstivity.com, @Faaridah
Mayowa Idowu: @MayowaIdowu
Georgette Monnou: Freelance Writer and Blogger, @GUM_101

Song(s) of the year that isn't Blurred Lines or Get Lucky?

Aisha: If it weren’t against the rules, I still wouldn’t pick Blurred Lines or Get Lucky. The Pharrell song I would pick is Happy! Reason is simple, Happy was released at a time when that was all I wanted to be. Besides, who doesn’t like a little bit of funk? Mirrors by Justin Timberlake and Loved Me Back To Life by Celine Dion also make the list. I love Burna Boy’s Run My Race. I have listened to All Of Me by John Legend more times than I have ever purposely listened to any song. I promise. I listen to it every single day. The honesty and vulnerability and tenderness strike me in all the appropriate places. Plus, the video is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. It made me change my mind and want to have a wedding after all, just so he can perform this song for me. Finally, A Great Big World’s Say Something. Wow. Anyone who goes through my iTunes would find that I love songs that make me sad and this song has the same effect as Ron Pope’s A Drop In The Ocean for me. It makes me want to die inside and I love it! I also love their other single This Is The New Year. Can't wait for their album to come out next year.

Afam: This one is hard. It isn't hard because it's difficult. It's hard because who the who has a song of the year? Every year I have about 6 songs that probably weren't released that year. Wait, they don't have to be songs that actually came out this year do they? Anyway there's an easy solution to this. My iTunes most played song this year is Silence is Easy by Starsailor. It's apt because sometimes, silence is easy. There are times that I say too much without saying enough. It is those times that I find that silence is easy. 

My second song of the year, is a song that came out this year. It's We Can't Stop by Miley Cyrus. It's a great song. I felt like that in June. I didn't want to stop. I wanted to party until I couldn't party anymore. I wanted to roar in my twenties. It was dark and timely. I didn't get to do all of those things because I was yanked back to Nigeria by the parental units. I do not doubt that I shall do them some day.

Faridah: I'd say Song of The Year is Jay-Z's Tom Ford. This doesn't seem like it will die anytime soon, and it seems to have the staying power of a song like Niggas in Paris. It's been almost three years and the song is still hot. 

Mayowa: Kanye West's New Slaves was amazing. Every time I listen to it, I notice something new. This record is great in many ways. The progression of the verses. Frank Ocean crooning at the end. The beat is hard! And the subject matter is the best to come from a mainstream artist this year. I went to one of the projections in London and it provided one of the most unforgettable experiences of contemporary popular culture.  

John Legend's All of Me is such a great love song. It makes me wish I could sing so I could woo women with it.

Honorable mention to; 'Wrecking Ball', 'Roar', 'We Can't Stop', 'Mirrors' and 'Burn'

Georgette: Laughs. Well for me it'll have to be 'All of Me'  by John Legend. I am a huge fan of his work and of that song. Not only is it lyrically beautiful, it is masterfully sung. You can hear the warmth and tenderness in his voice.  And in case you haven’t guessed already I am a huge romantic, and John Legend is just my pièce de résistance.
The Passenger – Let Her Go. Such a great song with a cool Indie vibe.
Even though I have certain reservations about her new album I loved the song XO and Pretty Hurts by Beyoncé. Great beats and amazing lyrics in that order.
Justin Timberlake's Mirrors  is so emotional. We are all going to grow old someday and I hope to be with the person I love till the bitter end.

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